High Contrast


Nancy Hillis gives an excellent talk on contrast this week in the program “Studio Journey.” She speaks of the visual excitement generated by contrast of color: light and dark, warm and cool, and the play of complementary colors, colors that exist on opposite sides of the color wheel. She demonstrates these contrasts within her own paintings. She also examines contrast of smooth and rough texture of paint application, opaque and transparent paint applications and soft washes vs. bold brush work.

I love the teaching bundles in her program “Studio Journey.” She brings knowledge of science, art, mythology, psychology and physics together into easily understood food for though and exploration. A truly enlightening journey.

Nancy Hillis is an abstract painter, currently working in her art studio on medium to large abstract paintings. At the beginning of her program “Studio Journey” she says:

“Welcome to Studio Journey. I’m delighted that you’re here! As a fellow Journeyer, I want to guide and inspire on your journey. My mission is to encourage you to cultivate a robust studio practice, explore and experiment in your art and ultimately create your deepest, most authentic and personal work.

I see our work as artists as being a never ending journey of listening to and answering the call within ourselves to step into the wonder and the mystery of our art and our life. Just as in life, we’re continually coming back full circle to the foundations, the beginning of our journey. We do this over and over again and each time, we see the beginning with new eyes informed by our experiences.”

The Studio Journey has inspired many painters from all over the world who find her teachings enlivening and fulfilling. The challenges are exhilarating and a personal learning experience for all in this on line painting extravaganza.

Creations I have made on this Studio Journey, by Janis Kirstein:

LINGMU MEIZHI: In Touch with the Inner Child


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Here you see the mystery artist of the day that I have found. Does ANYONE know anything about her? I believe her name is LINGMU MEIZHI and that she is Japanese.

 

I found her work on a website called imgrum.org.

She paints and draws with complete necessity.  No mark is out of place. Every scrape, dot and brush stroke is immediate, spontaneous, yet absolutely necessary to the whole image.

Every part of the image is in complete harmony and balance with all other marks in the work.   Yet within each image is such a wide range of diversity, from light to heavy, from bold to delicate, from rough to smooth, from transparent to thickly opaque.

What a lesson in coexistence and diversity these paintings bring. And each image looks as though it leaped directly from the artist’s soul straight onto the paper!

What do you think? Let me know!

Jan Kirstein

 

 

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